What Is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive imaging technique that is painless and does not require x-ray radiation. MRI utilizes magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to create extremely detailed pictures or “images” of your internal organs and structures. The MRI unit, or scanner, consists of a large magnet, antenna and a computer.

During your exam, the hydrogen atoms in your body receive radio signals from the MRI unit. These signals, which are totally harmless, are returned by your body and processed by the computer. These images are printed onto film, or sent digitally, for interpretation by our radiologists to help your physician plan the treatment for your injury or illness.